Treat-and-Greet Community Event

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health invite the community to Treat-and-Greet on Tuesday, Oct. 29 on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

A free, family-friendly event, Treat-and-Greet will feature trick-or-treating, food and refreshments, and the opportunity to tour the hospital campus and learn about the diversity of services provided. Attendees can “trick-or-treat” throughout the hospital campus, including the Medical Services Building where Prevea Health offers a variety of specialty care.

Treat-and-Greet

  • 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29
  • HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 835 Main St., in Oconto Falls
    • The event will take place throughout the hospital campus, including the Medical Services Building.

Candy, goodies and educational material will be handed out to the “trick-or-treaters”; and providers will be on hand to greet all attendees and answer questions about the services they offer. Costumes are not required but are encouraged for children and adults. Guests of all ages are welcome!

“Ask the Doc” Presentation to Focus on Breast Health

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health will host an “Ask the Doc” presentation about breast health on Thursday, Oct. 17 at Waubee Lodge in Lakewood.

The free presentation will be led by Dr. Richard McNutt, general surgeon at the HSHS St. Clare Regional Surgery Center, and Clayton Keene, APNP, FNP-BC, of Prevea Health. The two will discuss the importance of breast health and screenings, with a Q&A to follow.

Ask the Doc

  • Thursday, Oct. 17
  • 6 p.m.
  • Waubee Lodge, 18398 Waubee Park Ln., Lakewood

A light meal will be served. To register, call (920) 965-4711.

E-cigarettes or “Vaping”: What Parents Need to Know

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have been the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. youth since 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2018, CDC and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data showed that more than 3.6 million youth, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students, were past-month e-cigarette users.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine, flavorings and other ingredients to the user. Using e-cigarettes is sometimes called, “vaping.” Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. Nicotine exposure in adolescence can harm brain development; impact learning, memory and attention; and increase the risk for future addiction to other drugs. The aerosol substance created by e-cigarettes can contain harmful substances, including nicotine, cancer-causing chemicals, flavorings linked to lung disease, and heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead.

E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. Some look like regular cigarettes, cigars or pipes, and others look like other items commonly used by youth such as pens and flash drives. They also come in kid-friendly flavors, which make them more appealing to youth.

In light of this information, and with recent reports of severe illnesses and death linked to vaping in the U.S., HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health encourage parents and caregivers to be familiar with e-cigarettes so they can play a role in protecting children from their harmful effects.

Three things parents and caregivers can do:

  1. Talk to your child or teen about why e-cigarettes are harmful for them.
  2. Set a good example by being tobacco-free.
  3. Learn about the different shapes and types of e-cigarettes and the risks of e-cigarette use by visiting: www.CDC.gov/e-cigarettes

American Hospital Association Names David Lally “2019 Grassroots Champion”

David Lally (right) accepts award from Jon Hoelter

David Lally, Director of Business Development & Advocacy for HSHS St. Vincent, St. Mary’s, St. Nicholas and St. Clare hospitals, is a recipient of the American Hospital Association’s 2019 Grassroots Champion award.

The Grassroots Champion award is given out each year to one individual in each state who is nominated by the state hospital association partners. The award was created to recognize hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect hospitals’ vital roles in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for hospitals, and who are tireless advocates for their hospitals and patients.

“Whether it’s traveling to Washington, D.C., the state capitol in Madison, or joining us for meetings with legislators in their communities, David is always jumping at the opportunity to advocate on behalf of the HSHS hospitals in Eastern Wisconsin, and Wisconsin health care as a whole,” said Jon Hoelter, Director of State and Federal Relations for the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), which nominated David for the AHA award. “The Wisconsin Hospital Association truly appreciates his passion and dedication to advocacy.”

Most recently, David attended a WHA meeting in Mequon with Congressman Glenn Grothman to discuss federal legislation aimed at tackling surprise medical billing. David and other HSHS leaders discussed the voluntary efforts HSHS hospitals in Eastern Wisconsin are making to meet patients’ desires for more price transparency, including the launch of an online price estimator tool which allows patients to obtain out-of-pocket estimates for planned procedures.

“Advocacy is truly a team effort,” said David. “While I am humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award, I am also deeply grateful for the team of dedicated health care leaders at HSHS who assist in advocacy efforts daily on behalf of St. Vincent, St. Mary’s, St. Nicholas and St. Clare hospitals.”

HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center are located in Green Bay, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls. They are part of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), based in Springfield, Ill.

Abrams theater to hold auditions for Elf Jr.

Performers 8-18 needed for Christmas show

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will spread holiday cheer this Christmas with its production of “Elf The Musical Jr.” Kids ages 8-18 are invited to audition for the show on Monday, Sept. 16, or Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams. Auditions are scheduled from 6-8 p.m., and everyone auditioning should arrive by 6 p.m. Callbacks will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

Auditions will consist of sight-singing a song from the show, reading from the script, and participating in a short, choreographed dance. All materials will be provided. Kids who audition are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes that they can dance in. No previous performance experience is required.

“Elf The Musical Jr.” is based on the 2003 hit movie about of an orphan raised at the North Pole who journeys to New York City as an adult to find his true identity.

Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays starting Oct. 1. Not all cast members will be called for every rehearsal, but everyone must be available Sunday, Dec. 1, to Thursday, Dec. 5, and all show dates, Dec. 6-8 and 13-15.

Children who want to help out but feel a little shy are invited to become behind-the-scenes elves. Contact volunteers.aspi@gmail.com for more information.

“Elf The Musical Jr.” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com.

Developers Join Packerland Websites’ Team

Packerland Websites has added two experienced website designers to its staff. From right, Tom Norman and Miranda Schlise-Gomez have joined website developer Mike McGraw and owner Bill Koehne. Their team creates powerful, effective websites for businesses, nonprofits and municipalities.

Packerland Websites is growing. Two experienced website designers, Tom Norman and Miranda Schlise-Gomez, have joined the staff. The website builder now employs three full-time developers who create powerful, effective websites for businesses, nonprofits and municipalities.

“Having three full-time developers on staff gives our company a wide breadth of abilities and deep scope of talent,” said Bill Koehne, owner of Packerland Websites. “It also allows me to shift my focus from developing sites to developing business strategies and goals for each client. We have so much more to offer clients today than I imagined eight years ago when we opened.”

Norman, of Green Bay, worked in the security field for 15 years before changing careers to web development. In 2013 he earned a Web Development Certificate at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. He has nine years of experience designing websites.

“I enjoy trying new processes and can adapt to new and unknown situations,” Norman said. “Every project is different. Different design, issues, challenges. I really love the building process, putting it all together.”

Norman also enjoys working with varied clientele who look to Packerland Websites to grow and promote their business or organization.

“Each client is unique in their needs and behaviors which makes every interaction important,” he said.

In his free time, Norman enjoys reading, writing, watching sports, playing video games and doing woodworking and refinishing projects.

Schlise-Gomez, of Green Bay, graduated in 2017 from NWTC with an Associate Degree in Web Development. She was previously employed as a web developer for an Oshkosh advertising agency. Schlise-Gomez said she enjoys the “puzzle aspect” of designing websites.

“There is always a new piece to put together,” she said. “When it comes to working with clients, I enjoy the satisfaction on their face when they see their website come to life.”

She tackles web development from a practical standpoint, integrating the technical and artistic elements into a unified package.

“My approach is to find out what the client needs and do my best to accomplish it,” she said.

After hours, Schlise-Gomez enjoys playing guitar, singing, and writing songs. She also enjoys the challenge of Escape Rooms and the excitement of attending Brewers games.

With the addition of two developers, Packerland Websites is ready to serve more clients at its Green Bay and Abrams offices. Contact the website professionals at 920-826-5901 or Bill@PackerlandWebsites.com.

Prevea Internal Medicine Care Coming to Shawano and Oconto Falls

Prevea Health is pleased to announce it will begin offering internal medicine care in the communities of Shawano and Oconto Falls, beginning in September, with Dr. Alexa Gavaga.

As an internal medicine physician, Dr. Gavaga provides routine medical care for adults, including chronic disease management, medication management and preventive medicine. She will begin seeing patients at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center, 835 S. Main St. in Oconto Falls, on Sept. 17; and at the Prevea Shawano Health Center, 1300 East Green Bay St. in Shawano, on Sept. 19.

“I enjoy working with adults of all ages,” says Dr. Gavaga. “I find it rewarding when my patients make progress toward their health care goals, resulting in them living their best possible life.”

Dr. Gavaga graduated medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine and completed residency at RWJ Barnabas Health Jersey City Medical Center.

Appointments with Dr. Gavaga at the Prevea Shawano Health Center can be made by calling (715) 201-0870; and the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center by calling (920) 846-8187.

Preventing and Recognizing Heatstroke

With summer in full swing and high temperatures in the forecast, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls encourages everyone to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of heatstroke, as well as the steps that can be taken to avoid heatstroke.

Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. It requires emergency treatment to prevent serious complications or death. If you suspect someone is experiencing heatstroke, call 911 or seek medical assistance immediately.

Heatstroke signs and symptoms

  • High body temperature – The main sign of heatstroke is a core body temperature of 104 degrees or higher.
  • Altered mental state or behavior – If a person who has been in hot temperatures is confused, agitated, slurring their speech, irritable, delirious or experiences a seizure, then heatstroke may be suspected.
  • Nausea – Vomiting may occur.
  • Flushed skin – An increase in body temperature can lead to skin turning red.
  • Rapid breathing – Breathing may become rapid and shallow.
  • Racing heart rate – When a person experiences heatstroke, the heart works overtime to help cool the body, therefore increasing the heart rate.
  • Headache – Heatstroke can cause a throbbing headache.

Preventing heatstroke

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes – Loose-fitting clothes allow for your body to cool properly as opposed to tight or heavy clothes.
  • Drink plenty of fluids – Staying hydrated will help you maintain a normal body temperature and will help your body sweat.
  • Protect yourself against sunburn – Use sunscreen and reapply every two hours. Also wear a hat and sunglasses to protect against sunburns. Sit under the shade from time to time.
  • Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day – Try to schedule outdoor activities in the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or the evening. The hottest part of the day is generally 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Better yet, stay indoors – Avoid the heat altogether by staying inside an air-conditioned, well-ventilated space.

Yoga on the Beach

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital invites the community to Yoga on the Beach, July 17 and August 21, at the West Side Beach in Oconto Falls.

Certified yoga instructors from LPI Fitness will lead a one-hour slow flow yoga class that is designed for all skill levels, including beginners. Attendees are encouraged to bring a yoga mat or long towel. While classes are free, registration is required for each class as space is limited.

Yoga on the Beach

  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • July 17 and August 21
  • West Side Beach, N. Flatley Ave. in Oconto Falls (near the pavilion)
  • To register: Call (920) 834-2280 or email Betsy@lpifitness.com

Dr. Stacee Goedtel Birr, family medicine physician at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center, will also be present at each class to talk about the benefits of yoga and answer questions.

For more information about Yoga on the Beach, visit: www.stclarememorial.org/yoga